The Panasonic GX920 occupies a wierd place within the firm’s 2019 TV vary. Panasonic has made no secret of its purpose to maneuver high-end customers (or ‘prosumers’ as they’re identified) in direction of OLED shows moderately than LCD, and the 4 OLED TVs introduced for this yr present a normal transfer away from their cheaper (and fewer visually spectacular) alternate options.
Labelled the GX920 within the UK, and GX940 throughout the EU and Canada, this 4K HDR tv is the highest-spec LCD from Panasonic this yr, and can solely be obtainable in a large 75 inches – for the TV fanatics wanting one thing large, one thing succesful, however which gained’t value the identical a number of thousand kilos as the typical OLED tv. (Value continues to be unconfirmed although.)
Forward of its launch round June, we’ve run by way of our first impressions of the GX920 sensible TV after getting our eyes on the 4K HDR set for the primary time.
Design and options
What makes the GX920 barely less complicated is that it solely ships in a single measurement. This 75-inch TV will take up house, for positive – full dimensions are available in at 1,680 x 1,046 x 413 mm – however you’re additionally getting a large, impactful show that’s certain to impress in any front room that has room for it.
The physique of the GX920 is supported by a four-pronged stand which will take up more room than some, however is probably going wanted to stability such a large-scale display. In any other case the silhouette is near-identical to Panasonic’s OLED units, albeit with a barely thicker panel.
To date we’ve solely seen it in a barely uninspiring silver-gray, with a steel bezel hugged by a darkish plastic casing on the rear.
By way of audio, you’re getting a fairly customary 20W (2x10W) speaker constructed into the rear. The drivers are suitable with Dolby Atmos, although you’ll want some further encompass sound audio system in case you actually need to get an actual house cinema expertise. (For comparability, Panasonic’s OLED vary ship with 50W audio system as customary.)
Image high quality
As Panasonic’s flagship LCD, it’s fascinating to see how the GX920 fares in opposition to the higher-end OLED televisions.
By way of colour distinction or black ranges, the comparability doesn’t appear truthful – these are OLED’s sturdy factors, in any case. However the inclusion of the identical HCX Professional Clever Processor because the 2019 OLEDs ought to imply related body charges, movement dealing with and colour processing, even when the standard of the panel itself varies between the units.
That is nonetheless a 4K UHD tv – with a UHD Premium stamp of approval – and you may count on a excessive degree of visible element, with the HDR functionality to make these additional pixels actually pop with colour. You’d count on a high-end LCD tv to characteristic a full-array backlight, too – for max precision management over the degrees of brightness throughout the display – however Panasonic has opted for a less expensive edge-lit panel right here as a substitute.
There could also be a component of not wanting the LCD panel to compete too nicely with the OLED units on provide, nevertheless it signifies that the TV’s brightness isn’t as constant throughout the show. Whereas the GX920’s specs declare to characteristic ‘native dimming’, it’s going to be a superb deal much less exact on an edge-lit panel, the place mild is shot out of the underside of the set as a substitute of evenly throughout the again of the panel.
Panasonic was one of many collaborators behind HDR10+, a premium HDR customary that makes use of ‘dynamic metadata’ to differ ranges of distinction and brightness scene by scene throughout movies. As a direct competitor to the extra extensively used Dolby Imaginative and prescient, final yr’s Panasonic TVs tried to get by with simply its personal product, and it wasn’t precisely handy for these wanting to observe all of the high-quality video at the moment available on the market.
Fortunately Panasonic has relaxed barely, and even a few LCD units (the GX920 and GX800) will characteristic each Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10+. That alongside Hybrid Log Gamma broadcasting (for twin SDR/HDR indicators) and HLG Photograph (for HDR pictures) signifies that viewers have entry to each commercially-available HDR customary available on the market.
The GX920 is thrilling in a whole lot of methods: its large HDR format assist, large 75-inch display, and brand-new HCX Professional chip making a case for Panasonic’s LCD flagship.
However none of those options actually assist it stand out both – particularly compared to the way more fleshed-out OLED choices just like the GZ1000 or GZ1500, whereas the edge-lit panel may maintain again what would in any other case be a set with a whole lot of potential. As ever, the value distinction shall be what makes or breaks the GX920 – and we’ll preserve this assessment up to date as and when extra data trickles in.